Software: Ulead PhotoImpact 6, 7, 8, XL
Home Page: Debisty Designs
Title: Fun With Frame &
Skill Level: Beginner
Frame & Shadow
Right click to save as or use an image or photograph of
Description: Learn about the command Format/Frame
& Shadow and see how various frames can enhance the look of your
images and photographs.
you create using this tutorial is yours to do with as you please.
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tutorial itself along with the images herein are copyrighted to me
and all rights are reserved.
Start by opening the image
or photograph you'd like to frame. Click on Format/Frame & Shadow
and we'll take a look at what options we have open to us within the
Frame & Shadow box that pops up.
you go to Frame & Shadow for the first time, it's likely
that you'll be confronted with a box similar to that on the
left here. We're looking at the Frame tab. Click on the drop
down menu and you'll see these other options as shown here on
The one we're going to look at first is the option
None. It's here where you can choose what colour your canvas
is going to be and as with every option in the drop down box,
you'll see the preview screen which will show how a particular
frame or shadow will look on your image.
|Click on the Shadow tab and you'll be able to choose
whether or not you'd like a shadow added to your image by checking
or unchecking the shadow box, but you're unlikely to see a shadow
unless you have canvas checked too. It's here that you can determine
what size and type of shadow you wish to use and also the canvas
size and colour. Again you'll see how it will affect your image
in the preview pane.
you work your way through the drop down menu (as shown in the
first screenshot), you'll see other frame options available
Here are screenshots of some of those options.
I've decided to add a classic frame to my image, so if you'd like
to follow along with me now, you'll see exactly how that's done. Classic
frames work well on a square image but become a little distorted on
rectangular ones, so be sure that the image you use (if you're using
a different one to mine
you haven't done so already, then choose Classic Frame on the
drop down menu.
1. Click on the frame you
wish to use.
2. Ensure that "Do
not merge frame object" is checked
3. Click on OK and watch
the magic happen.
After right clicking on my mouse and selecting the option to
"Merge All", this is how my finished image turned
However, had I not merged all, I could see that the frame was
selected, so I could have right clicked on my mouse and selected
"Ungroup" and then change various elements of the
frame by using materials or fills found in the Easy Palette.
Below are three examples of the same frame using different
fills and materials.
And below are examples of other types of frames done
using the Frame & Shadow command.
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